March 31, 2005 -- Hollywood Dun It, the All Time Leading Sire in National Reining Horse history, died March 30.
The beautiful 22-year-old buckskin stallion had been suffering from severe health problems escalated by his continuing battle with testicular cancer.
According to Tim and Colleen McQuay, who owned Hollywood Dun It along with partner Jennifer Easton, the decision to put him down was a difficult one.
"He's been a part of our family, and a part of our lives, for a lot of years," said Tim. "None of us wanted him to suffer."
Colleen McQuay added, "I don't know if we'll ever be able to stand to put another horse in that stall."
Hollywood Dun It's name has become synonymous with reining in the past 20 years and he has broken every National Reining Horse Association siring record. When the 2004 NRHA Futurity came to a close, his foals carried him past the $4 million siring pinnacle.
"This is a loss we share with owners and riders who have believed in Hollywood Dun It and in our program," said Tim.
As a tribute to those supporters and to the legendary stallion himself, a new Hollywood Dun It award will be established in his honor. Details will be announced soon.
Hollywood Dun It's 13 foal crops have won the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and Superstakes, the National Reining Breeders Classic, All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity, Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, the Tradition Futurity and numerous others. They've qualified and won gold medals in United States Equestrian Team competition and earned American Quarter Horse Association World Championships.
They've also excelled outside of the reining discipline, earning a Non Pro Reserve Championship at the National Reined Cow Horse Association World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity and NRCHA World Championship. They've collected National Cutting Horse Association dollars and there are even Champion roping and driving Dun Its.
Hollywood Dun It was selected as the first Breyer Animal Creations reining horse in 1998, and in 2002 his son, Dun Gotta Gun, was also similarly honored as a Breyer collectible. The large volume of sales of the Hollywood Dun It model have resulted in it being declared a collectors item and taken off the production line.
Hollywood Dun It stood at McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, and was the senior sire in a stallion lineup that includes four of his sons.